NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Qualification, Age Limit, Marks Required
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - National Testing Agency is the competent authority to release the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria for all medical aspiring candidates. NEET eligibility criteria are the set of parameters which the candidates must have fulfilled to appear in the medical entrance exam. The eligibility criteria of NEET 2021 specify the conditions and guidelines related to qualifying exam, pass percentage required for the NEET exam, nationality, limit of the age to apply, number of maximum attempts, and more. Before registration, aspirants must ensure that they will go through NEET eligibility criteria 2021. As no aspirants will be allowed to fill the NEET 2021 application form if they fail to meet the prescribed legitimate criteria.
Graduate Medical Education, 1997 which was last amended in 2018 is the basis of NEET eligibility criteria. Earlier, there were lots of restrictions on age limit and subjects as well as the type of school but as per the revised NEET eligibility criteria 2021, all those restrictions are now removed. However, the upper age limit criterion has been removed from the eligibility of NEET 2021 as has been the clause of open school students not being eligible. As per the NEET eligibility criteria, candidates who have studied from an open school or have biology as an additional subject are now eligible to apply for the exam. NEET 2021 is the single entrance exam for admissions to MBBS, BDS, Ayush, and other medical courses. Aspirants seeking for more information regarding NEET 2021 eligibility criteria can check the article below to know the details about the conditions of admission, codes, qualifying criteria, NEET 2021 age limit and much more relevant information.
Who is eligible for NEET 2021?
Citizens of India, Non-resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), and foreign nationals are eligible to appear for NEET 2021 exam. Aspirants who fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria of NEET and complete the application process within the stipulated date will be eligible for appearing for the medical entrance test for the 2021 session. Aspirants must note that, if they want to study medicine UG then they have to appear and qualify the NEET 2021. Aspirants who wish to study medicine abroad but wish to come back to India for practice NEET are now mandatory for them also.
NEET eligibility criteria 2021 - Quick facts
Qualifying Exam for NEET 2021
Minimum Age Requirement for NEET 2021
Candidates must have completed 17 years as on December 31, 2021.
Maximum Age Limit*
There is no upper age limit till the Supreme Court passes its judgment on it.
The class 12 percentage required for NEET 2021 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in class 12 to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects
There are no restrictions on the maximum attempt of the candidates.
Indian Nationals, NRIs, OCIs, PIOs & Foreign Nationals aspirants are eligible to apply
NEET eligibility criteria 2021 - Know the qualifying examination codes
While filling the application form, aspirants have to select the NEET 2021 qualification codes for the qualifying examination. Aspirants should be aware of NEET qualifications codes by going through the table below.
NEET Qualifying Examination Codes 2021
Details of Qualifying Examination Codes for NEET 2021
Code 01: Candidates who will be appearing for their Class 12 board exam in 2021 and waiting for their board’s result have to choose this code. However, till the time of admission, such candidates must have qualified their class 12 as per the specified criterion, failing which they will become ineligible.
Code 02: Aspirants who are studying from the higher/senior secondary examination or Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE) which is equivalent to the Class 12 examination and comes after a period of 12 years of study have to choose this code. As per the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), the last two years of this study must comprise science subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and Mathematics or any other elective subjects with English as a core subject. Candidates who have qualified Class 12 in the year 2020 or before and have not pursued any other course after the completion of Class 12 have to choose this code.
Code 03: Aspirants who have successfully completed their Intermediate/Pre-degree Examination in Science of an Indian University/Board or other recognized body with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and also English as a compulsory subject have to choose this code. The course should have a practical test in science subjects. Candidates whose class 12 or its equivalent qualifying examination is completed from a state board must also choose this code.
Code 04: Aspirants who have completed a Pre-professional/Pre-medical Examination after passing either the Higher Secondary Examination or the Pre-University or an equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology & English must have to choose this code while applying. The Pre-professional/Pre-medical examination shall include practical tests in these subjects and also English as a compulsory subject.
Code 05: With Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology as mandatory subjects, candidates who are pursuing the three years’ degree course from a recognized University and have qualified the first year including practical tests in each of the aforementioned subjects have to choose this code. Candidates must note that the qualifying exam here must be a University Examination and candidates should have passed the earlier qualifying examination namely 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology with English as a core course.
Code 06: With not less than two of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany, Zoology)/Bio-technology, candidates who have qualified the BSc Examination from an Indian recognized University must choose this code during the filling process of application. Further, they must have passed the earlier qualifying examination (10+2) with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Code 07: Aspirants who have qualified any other examination which in scope and standard (Last two years of 10+2 Study comprising of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology; which shall include practical test in these subjects) is found to be equivalent to the Intermediate Science Examination of an Indian University/Board, have to choose this code. Aspirants who have completed the qualifying examination from a foreign country are also required to fill in this code.
NEET Eligibility Criteria - Age Limit
The main concern of every aspirant regarding the NEET eligibility criteria 2021 is the age limit for appearing for the medical entrance test. Candidates must have completed 17 years of age either at the time of admission or else on or before December 31, 2021, as per the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria. The decision over the upper age limit for NEET has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Despite pending the court's judgment, candidates are allowed to appear for the exam and admissions.
Category-wise age criteria for NEET 2021
Date of birth for minimum age
For Candidates of Unreserved Category (UR)
Born on or before December 31, 2004
For Candidates of SC/ST/OBC Category
Qualifying Marks for NEET 2021
Candidates have to be qualified in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English individually in the qualifying examination which is 10+2 or equivalent, as per NEET 2021 eligibility criteria.
Candidates belonging from the Unreserved category must have scored a minimum required percentage of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Biotechnology in their Class 12 or HSC examination.
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates should have scored 40% of passing marks in Class 12 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in aggregate in the qualifying examination.
Medical aspirants with locomotor disability of lower limbs must have secured a minimum of 45% marks for General-PH and 40% marks for SC-PH/ST-PH/OBC-PH in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology.
NEET Eligibility Criteria - Minimum Required Percentage
Aggregate marks required for NEET 2021
NEET 2021 eligibility criteria for NRI/Foreign students
Candidates who have completed their education from outside the country must fulfill the NEET eligibility criteria. The last examination which has to pass by NRI/Foreign students should be equivalent to Class 12 qualification in their respective country. Candidates should have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have passed the theory and practical test in each of these subjects as well as English in the qualifying examination.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 – Number of Attempts
With amendments in 2018 for NEET 2021 eligibility criteria, the restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET was removed. Therefore there is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET 2021. So, as per the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria, candidates will be allowed to appear for the entrance exam as many times as they would like to only if they are eligible.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - 15% All India Quota seats/Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC and AFMC Colleges
Aspirants who qualify for NEET 2021 exam can apply for the 15% All India Quota seats, 100% of the seats in Deemed universities as well as Central Universities, ESIC, and AFMC as well. This counselling for NEET will be conducted at an All India level by MCI.
J&K candidates are not eligible for 15% All India Quota seats unless they have filled a self-declaration form to be submitted along with the NEET application form 2021. The self-declaration for NEET 2021 application form denotes that the candidate wishes to participate in the counselling for 15% All India Quota seats and would forgo the home state counselling in return. As per the NEET eligibility criteria, such candidates will be eligible for the seats of Deemed Universities, ESIC, and AFMC colleges.
The allotment for 85% seats of DU will be open to candidates who have completed Class 10 and 12 from Delhi while the Institutional Quota seats of AMU will be exclusively for AMU students only.
NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - 85% State Quota seats
The 85% state quota seats mean seats in all government colleges of the states/union territories respectively. Counselling for such seats will be conducted by the respective state authorities. To apply for state quota seats, candidates must fulfill the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria laid down by each state or union territory authority and include domicile, conditions too
Admission to private medical and dental colleges through NEET will also be subject to the policies of the State/ Union Territory.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NEET Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Qualification, Age Limit, Marks Required
Question: What is the eligibility criteria for NEET 2021?
The eligibility criteria of NEET 2021 are the conditions and guidelines pertaining to the qualifying exam, pass percentage required for the NEET exam, nationality, age limit, number of attempts, and such.
Question: Does class 12 marks matter for NEET 2021?
Class 12 marks are only mattered for the purpose of eligibility determination for NEET 2021.
Question: How many times can we give NEET?
With amendments in 2018 for NEET 2021 eligibility criteria, the restrictions on the number of attempts for NEET was removed. Therefore there is no restriction on the number of attempts for NEET 2021.
Question: Who specifies the NEET eligibility criteria 2021?
National Testing Agency is the competent authority to release the NEET 2021 eligibility criteria for all medical aspiring candidates.
Question: How much percentage is required for MBBS in India?
The class 12 percentage required for NEET 2021 exam is separate for each category and can be listed as under. NEET eligibility marks in 12th to be considered are aggregate marks only for PCB subjects
UR - 50%,
OBC/SC/ST - 40%
PWD - 45%
Question: Who can give NEET exam?
NTA has laid down specific eligibility criteria for those who wish to write the NEET. Those candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria will be able to give the NEET exam. Those who will qualify the exam will be issued NEET scorecard.
Question: Is there any attempt limit for NEET 2021?
No, there is no attempt limit for NEET 2021. Candidates can appear for NEET any number of times. The upper age limit that was earlier present has also been removed by the authorities.
Question: What are the rules of NEET exam?
The authority has specified clear rules and regulations which a candidate must follow in order to be considered eligible for the admission procedure. The candidate can read rules mentioned in the information brochure that will help them abide by it.
Question: I have a gap year between Class 11 and 12. Will I be eligible for NEET 2021?
Yes, candidates with a gap year will be eligible for NEET 2021. Earlier, MCI made amendments to the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997” in which it was specified that a student must undergo continuous two years of study to become eligible to take NEET. However, this amendment was removed by the Delhi High Court and candidates with gap year can appear for NEET 2021 for now. The latest information brochure of NEET also specifies the same.
Question: What type of questions are asked in NEET exam?
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) are asked in NTA NEET exam.
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Questions related to NEET
I am single girl child of my parent, is there any reservation in medical exam test ( NEET) or AIIMS and i i am also coming in SC category
There is no reservation for single girl child either in NEET or in AIIMS but as you have mentioned that you also belongs to SC category which gets reservation of 15% as per the notification released by Central government so you will surely get reservation benefits in NEET as well as in AIIMS. In NEET there is 15% reservation for SC category aspirants and same in AIIMS for MBBS seats in accordance to that of criteria prescribed by Central Government of India.
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I hope this information helps you.
What is the code to be filled in neet registration form if a first year b tech student wants to give neet?
Firstly for applying for NEET you should be above 17 years old.
For General Category – 50% (Physically Handicapped, PH – 45%) and for OBC/SC/ST – 45% (PH – 40%)
Note: The marks scored for Math would not be taken into consideration in this exam
So unless you have PCB as your main subject then you should apply.
candidates who have opted for Biology as an additional subject, private candidates, and distant learning candidates, all these candidates are eligible for NEET 2021.
Codes for NEET extrance exam are as follows:
- CODE: 01
- CODE: 02
- CODE: 03
(Candidates who have completed their class 12th)
- CODE: 04
- CODE: 05
- CODE: 06
(Candidates who have passed their B.Sc Exam with the PCB subjects)
- CODE: 07
so according to above codes you have to fill code 2 or 3
Hope this helps!!
Ive done my PUC (PCMB) from Karnataka board now Im in BSC ( PHYSICS MATHS COMPUTER SCIENCE) final year am i eligible to write neet ..plz give me authentic information..
Yes , you are eligible for appearing in NEET 2021 examination even if you are in final year of your BSc with physics chemistry and computer
This is because,
There is no rule which says that if you are doing BSC or any graduation you become ineligible for Neet examination, as to be eligible for neet what all one needs is :
* to must have passed 12th board examination with physics, chemistry ,biology/biotechnology and English and must have got:-
-) at least 50 % in aggregate of PCB i.e Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology in 12th examination if belongs to general category
-) at least 40% in aggregate of PCB if belongs to Obc/ Sc /st category
-)at least 45 % in aggregate of PCB in case of general/ews pwd candidates to be eligible.
So , you being pcmb student in your 12th if you fulfill this percentage criteria in PCB with your 12th marks then you are eligible for Neet 2021 examination , even if you are doing BSc and after qualifying Neet examination you can get admission in MBBS on the basis of rank or marks obtained by you in NEET
there is no upper age limit for Neet examination
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What will be the paper level of NEET in 2021 ??
This is quite difficult to predict your Neet paper level or difficulty level of Neet examination paper but don't worry it will be more or less similar to previous years Neet question papers according to which your neet 2021 examination is expected to be of moderate level.
whether you will find Neet examination easy or difficult depends upon your preparation level . If you prepare well for neet examination then you will find it easier otherwise if your level of preparation is not good then you are bound to find it difficult .
So I suggest you to prepare well for your Neet examination following the below tips so that you don't find the question paper difficult and can score good marks in your neet examination
*Go well through NCERT and master it .
*Make routine or timetable :- your routine should revolve around 3 things i.e study, revise and practice .
*After finishing each chapter you should practice questions, you should practise at least 80 to 100 numericals / mcqs in Each chapter .
*Solve previous year NEET questions.
*Once done with complete syllabus, go through NEET mock test papers
You can prepare well using our neet program for which link is provided below
If you have any other doubt then you can always reach us to clear them :) we are always available to help you out and guide you
did the neet registration date ara announced?? also for Kcet??
No the registration dates of neet 2021 have not been released yet. However it is expected that the registration process would start in past week of January. Students are advised to keep an eye on the official website. Same is the case with kcet 2021 registration dates and it is also expected to start in last week of January.
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